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Italian the gold to the ski slopes of Pyeongchang

Naples Slavonic 22.02.2018 at 07:09

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Three medals, one of each kind, brought to Italy two day of competition at the winter Olympics in Pyeongchang.

the Olympic champion, third at the Games in 2018, has become a skier Sofia Goja. 25-year-old native of Bergamo, a leader of the Italian ski sport, became the strongest in the downhill, ahead of the undoubted favourites of the competition, Lindsey Vonn of the United States.

Sofia Goja:

- can not realize that became the champion. I think just on the podium will be able to understand everything. I am very proud of his victory. I was so focused that after the finish don't understand what managed to make. I was focused only on ourselves, others didn't interest me. I was walking on the highway as a samurai. Usually, I do a lot chaotic, but today was focused on every detail. I managed to win something that everybody wants – the gold medal of the Olympics. This was the main race of my life and I have reached my goal. This victory does not change anything. I'll be the same. On the road tried to avoid risk and act wisely. It was a pleasure to compete with Lindsey Vonn. She's just a great athlete and a great person. We're still friends, I can drink coffee and talk about our Affairs. Such relationships are not uncommon in our sport.

the Only reward the Italian skier to this time was "bronze" the world championship 2017 in the giant slalom. The gold Sofia Goji was the first for Italy in the women's downhill at the Olympics.

the Silver medal for Italy, produced by the women's relay team in short track at a distance of 3000m. A Quartet of Italian girls in the final race lost only to the hosts of the Olympics. The finalists of the Games in 2018 became Arianna Fountain (age 27, Sondrio), Pyeongchang Olympic champion at the distance of 500m, a six-time medalist of the Olympics; Lucia Peretti (age 27, sondalo), two-time medalist of the Olympics in the relay; Cecilia Maffei (33, Chion di Trento) and Martin Valsapena (25 years, sondalo), also a two-time medalist of the Olympics in the relay. We will remind that four years ago, the Italian squad won the bronze medal in this kind of program at the Games in Sochi.

Another medal produced at the biathlon trails. In the first mixed relay Quartet of Italy became the bronze medalist of the Olympic games. Lisa Vittozzi (23, Pieve di Cadore, Venice), Dorothea Wierer (age 27, Brunico, South Tyrol), bronze medalist of the Sochi Olympics in the mixed relay; Lukas Hofer (age 28, Brunico), bronze medalist of the 2014 Games in the mixed relay and green Brendan (age 28, Brunico), three-time bronze medalist of the Olympics was ahead at the finish, in a fierce struggle the national team of Germany. Moreover, the struggle was so severe that the German representatives even submitted a protest to the actions of Dominic Windisch finishing the alignment, which was not satisfied.

green Brendan:

- it happened so fast, but I'm sure that was right because he was ahead of Arnd Peiffer. The Commission did a lot of thinking, but in the end decided in favor of Italy. I am very pleased with this verdict. I think the judge had good reason for making that decision.

Another medal hope Italy never came true. In the team sprint speed skating Champions of the world -2017 Federico Pellegrino and Dietmar Necker failed to compete with the strongest sprinters in the world and has occupied only 5-e a place.

At the end of 12 days of competitions the national team of Italy 3 gold, 2 silver and 4 bronze medals.

Yuri luchitsky

for "Naples Slavic"